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Asian Naphtha Imports to Stay High for 3rd Month, Adding to Glut
(Monday, October 20, 2014) Asia is set to import about 1.6 million tonnes of naphtha from the West in November, traders said on Monday, exacerbating a glut of the fuel that has already pummeled its prices in the region.

Japan Sep Petchem Naphtha Imports Rise 5.3 Pct y/y
(Friday, October 17, 2014) Japan's naphtha imports for the petrochemical sector rose 5.3 percent in September from the same month a year earlier, government figures showed on Friday.

Chemtura Expands Antioxidant Capacity for Auto Industry Demand Growth
(Friday, October 17, 2014) By 2015, the company will increase capacity at its Elmira, Ontario, Canada site by 20%, its Latina, Italy site by 25% and its Kaohsiung, Taiwan site by 10%.

North Dakota Group Plans $4 Billion Chemical Plant
(Monday, October 13, 2014) Badlands NGL LLC said on Monday it will build a $4 billion chemical plant in North Dakota to produce polyethylene, a key plastic used to make packaging, pipes and scores of other products.

Asia Naphtha-S Korea's LG Chem Buys at Steep Discount; Lowest Since 2010
(Friday, October 10, 2014) South Korea's LG Chem buys naphtha for second-half November delivery with traders estimating the price to be about $10 below Japan quotes on a cost-and-freight (C&F) basis, the lowest seen since July 2010 in South Korea.

Gazprom Deal on Track, Wintershall Says After Miller Comments
(Thursday, October 09, 2014) BASF's Wintershall on Thursday said a major deal with Gazprom was on track, after comments by the boss of the Russian company led to speculation it may be altered.

CB&I to License, Design Polypropylene Unit for China Project
(Thursday, October 09, 2014) CB&I Thursday announced it has been awarded a contract by Shenhua Ningxia Coal Industry Group Co. Ltd. for the license and engineering design of a polypropylene unit to be built in Lingwu, Yinchuan City, Ningxia, People's Republic of China.

Linde to Build Ammonia Plant in Wyoming
(Wednesday, October 08, 2014) The new plant will take approximately two years to complete.

European Businesses Split Over Urgency of EU Carbon Market Fix
(Wednesday, October 08, 2014) European business groups are sharply divided over how quickly and aggressively the European Union needs to reform its Emissions Trading System (ETS), a division unlikely to help spur swift changes.

Boardwalk Acquires Evangeline Ethylene Pipeline from Chevron
(Wednesday, October 08, 2014) Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP announced Wednesday that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of Chevron Petrochemical Pipeline LLC, which owns the Evangeline ethylene pipeline system, from Chevron Pipe Line Company.

Tioga Delivers Specialty Pipe for LyondellBasell Expansion
(Wednesday, October 08, 2014) LyondellBasell contracted KBR and Tioga for chemical processing equipment needs in conjunction with the expansion project at its Channelview, Texas, complex.

Japan Sept Ethylene Output Falls 4.4 Pct yr/yr
(Tuesday, October 07, 2014) Japanese ethylene production in September fell 4.4 percent from the same month a year earlier to 492,100 tonnes, data from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry showed on Tuesday.

Dow to Launch US Apprenticeship Program
(Tuesday, October 07, 2014) The Dow Chemical Company Monday announced that it will launch a U.S. Apprenticeship pilot program at various Dow sites across the nation in 2015.

Petrochemicals Europe Unveils New Brochure, Flowchart for Stakeholders
(Monday, October 06, 2014) Petrochemicals Europe is launching new communication materials to inform stakeholders about the significant impact the petrochemicals industry has on their daily lives and the European Union economy.

CB&I to Supply Ethylene Heaters for Petronas' RAPID Project
(Friday, October 03, 2014) CB&I has been awarded a contract valued in excess of $200 million by Toyo Engineering Corp. for the engineering and supply of ethylene heaters for PETRONAS' Refinery and Petrochemicals Integrated Development (RAPID) project in Malaysia.

Dow Chemical Expects to Raise Over $2 Bln from Sale of 3 Units
(Thursday, October 02, 2014) Dow Chemical Co said it expected to raise more than $2 billion from three businesses that it has put on the block as part of a plan to raise up to $6 billion from asset sales.

Univation to Become Wholly Owned Dow Unit in Deal with ExxonMobil
(Thursday, October 02, 2014) The transaction will result in Univation Technologies becoming a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dow aligned to its Performance Plastics operating segment.

Univation to Become Wholly Owned Dow Unit in Deal with ExxonMobil
(Thursday, October 02, 2014) The transaction will result in Univation Technologies becoming a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dow aligned to its Performance Plastics operating segment.

California Becomes First U.S. State to Ban Plastic Grocery Bags
(Tuesday, September 30, 2014) Under the new law, grocery stores and pharmacies are required to stop providing single-use plastic bags by July 2015, while convenience and liquor stores will have an additional year to phase them out.

Huntsman to Add MDI Plant at Louisiana Site
(Tuesday, September 30, 2014) Huntsman Corp. announced that it has commenced preliminary engineering to expand production of methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) by investment in a new, world scale MDI plant at its Geismar, La., site.

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